Marcel Hoogstad Hay (SA) – 2020 Finalist

Superposition II, 2019
blown glass, kiln formed glass
465 x 845 x 10
Photo: Brenton McGeachie

Established Artist Category

Marcel Hoogstad Hay is an Adelaide-based artist and designer working primarily with blown glass. In most of his work, Hoogstad Hay draws from traditional Venetian cane techniques, exploring and creating complex patterns and optical effects in glass. Hoogstad Hay received a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) in 2012 from the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art & Design, Canberra. During 2013 and 2014, Hoogstad Hay was a JamFactory Glass Studio Associate. He completed a residency at Berlin Glas e.V. in 2015 and in 2016 he worked at Do Studio in Oaxaca, Mexico as a technician and hot-shop assistant. In 2018 he was an instructor in hot-glass at Sydney College of the Arts, and spent two months in the USA as a scholarship student at the Penland School of Craft, North Carolina and as a Rosenberg Resident at Salem State University, Massachusetts. In 2020 Hoogstad Hay showed a body of new work alongside that of fellow 2020 FUSE Glass Prize Finalist, Madeline Prowd in the exhibition Distorted Trajectories at Craft ACT.

“I am interested in ideas that appear in astrophysics and quantum mechanics and my work addresses the ideas of spatial and temporal relativity, and our perceptions of spacetime. In this piece, Superposition II, I am referencing diagrams that illustrate these phenomena, and attempting to question the preconceived notions of time as linear and singular. I have used sections of cane to illustrate the granular and staggered nature of things as they appear at a quantum scale, and have tried to address the indeterminate nature of our universe by creating multiple, overlapping layers that represent superpositions of spacetime.”